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October 2:
Faculty Spotlight, Mark Koschmann [LTC, noon]
October 17:
Convocation/Bartling Lecture, Jaylani Hussein [Buetow, 10:30-11:25]
October 26:
Quasi-Endowment Grant Applications due [midnight]
November 6: Faculty Spotlight, Erin Simunds [LTC, noon]
December 4: Faculty Spotlight, Amanda Brosnahan and Taylor Mach [
LTC, noon]
weekly/ongoing: Monday Morning Mentor [delivered via email to your in-box]

Quasi-Endowment Grant Applications: Applications for the fall semester Faculty Development Quasi-Endowment grant program are due on Friday, October 26 at midnight. Applications must be submitted to David Woodard (woodard@csp,.edu) and to the Office of Academic Affairs (cc: Kathy Haeg haeg@csp.edu) by the deadline. Any supporting documentation should be submitted electronically with your application, or in hardcopy, if necessary, to the office of the VPAA. For additional details see the Faculty Scholarship Center webpage: http://concordia.csp.edu/facultyscholarshipcenter/

And if you want a few ideas on the types of applications that have been funded in the past, take a look at our Quasi-Grant reports from the past few years.


Convocation/Bartling Lecture, Jaylani Hussein: Wednesday, Oct 17 @ 10:30-11:25 [Buetow]
Jaylani Hussein is currently the executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN). Hussein worked as the Community Liaison Officer at Metro State University and as a Planner for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. In 2013, he created Zeila Consultants to develop and offer cross-cultural training workshops on East African cultures. Hussein has presented on the Somali Culture to diverse public and private organizations across the US. He specializes in the areas of urban planning, community development, youth development (with over 8 years experience in working in juvenile treatment centers for court adjudicated youth), legal and civil rights.

Hussein has been active with various community organizations in Minnesota, including the Islamic Cultural Center of Minnesota Board of Directors, Wilder Foundation Advisory Board, Muslim Youth of Minnesota Advisory Board, Islamic Resource Group Speakers Bureau, and ARAHA Board of Directors. He has traveled to the Horn of Africa twice on behalf of ARAHA, to open a regional field office and oversee large-scale humanitarian projects during the Somali Famine of 2011. Hussein received the 2015 the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) annual “Visionary Leader” Award. Hussein received the Immigrant of Distinction Award from the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He was also named the 2016 Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans by JCI. In 2016, Hussein was appointed to the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Law Enforcement and Community Relations. He received the 2017 Twin Cities International Citizen Awards for Social Justice. In 2018, Jaylani was named by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 2018 40 Under 40 list of among the emerging business and community leaders. Hussein’s family emigrated from Somalia to Minnesota in 1993 and he is trilingual (English, Somali, Arabic). Hussein holds degrees in Community Development and City Planning from St. Cloud State University and Political Science from North Dakota State University.

Faculty Spotlight (Oct 2),  Dr. Mark Koschmann will speak at our October F-Spot: Tuesday, Oct 2 @ noon [LTC]
Finding Their Footing in the Changing City: Congregations Adapt to the New Urban Environment in Post-World War II Era. Dr. Mark Koschmann, Assistant Professor of Theology and the Fiechtner Chair in Christian Outreach, will share about his doctoral research on Protestants and Catholics in the mid-twentieth century as they reformed theological, liturgical, institutional, charitable, and political aspects of their religion to meet the demands of post-World War II urban America. While many historians have described the decline and closure of urban churches in the postwar era, Koschmann shows that Protestants and Catholics did not all abandon the city. Building on his archival and oral research of Protestant and Catholic congregations in Chicago, Koschmann examines the nexus of choices available to religious institutions in Chicago’s Near West Side neighborhood. Often, the choices – to leave, close, merge, expand, or shift – produced conflict within congregations. Yet, the central narratives of these congregations illustrate how these white, African American, and Latino/a Protestants and Catholics reached beyond their church walls to enact a specific set of beliefs about what constitutes Christian engagement with the world.

Faculty Spotlight (November 6), Erin Simunds will speak at our November F-Spot: Tuesday, November 6 @ noon [LTC]

Faculty Spotlight (December 4), Amanda Brosnahan and Taylor Mach will speak at our December F-Spot: Tuesday, December 4 @ noon [LTC]


Monday Morning Mentor: The Monday Morning Mentor program was so successful last year that we renewed our subscription for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Monday Morning Mentor is delivered straight to your inbox every…….. (you guessed it) Monday morning.